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PHOTOS: Brooklynites honor 21st anniversary of 9/11 attacks

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Local residents attend a vigil to pay tribute to victims of 9/11 at the American Veterans Memorial Pier in Bay Ridge.
Photo by Paul Frangipane

Just over two decades after the 9/11 attacks devastated New York City, Brooklynites gathered together over the weekend to honor the lives of those lost on the day and afterwards.

Nearly 3,000 people died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, and many more, including former East Flatbush firefighter William Gormley, have since died from respiratory illnesses and cancers caused by the toxic conditions at Ground Zero in the weeks and months following the attacks.

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Children at a 9/11 memorial event at McKinley Park hold up signs honoring Flatbush firefighter William Gormley, who was at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and later died from a respiratory disease. Arthur de Gaeta
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Army members stationed at the Fort Hamilton base attended a 9/11 memorial vigil in Bay Ridge on Sept. 11, 2022. Photo by Paul Frangipane

Neighbors, Councilmember Justin Brannan and state Senator Andrew Gounardes, and members of the New York City police and fire departments and servicemembers stationed at the Fort Hamilton Army Base gathered in Bay Ridge for a memorial vigil on Sunday.

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FDNY EMS Paramedic, Lt. Laura Torres pays tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks at a community vigil in Bay Ridge on Sept. 11, 2022. Photo by Paul Frangipane

As the number of New Yorkers born after 9/11 increases, vigils and other commemorations are helping to educate those younger members of the community about their local history, and the lives lost in the city.

“It is for those we lost and those who weren’t around yet that we must Never Forget,” Brannan said on Twitter on Sunday. “Indeed, it is the compassionate, resilient, and heroic spirit – even in the face of inconceivable evil – that defines us as New Yorkers. That is the story that must always be told.”

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Fort Hamilton Commander Colonel Brian A. Jacobs speaks at a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11 at the American Veterans Memorial Pier on Sept. 11, 2022. Photo by Paul Frangipane
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South Brooklynites honored the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at a rainy community vigil on Sunday.Photo by Paul Frangipane

Brooklynites huddled together as the rain came down on Sunday, remembering the friends, family members, and neighbors they lost that day. In Williamsburg, more than 200 members of the New York City Fire Department attended an memorial mass held by Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello of the Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation Parish. Every year, the wife and daughter of Daniel Shear, a Williamsburg firefighter who was killed on 9/11, attend the service.

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More than 200 firefighters and the wife and daughter of Williamsburg firefighter Daniel Shear, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks, attended a memorial mass in Williamsburg. Photo courtesy Diocese of Brooklyn. 
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Brooklynites honored the memory of those lost on 9/11 at a ceremony in McKinley Park in Dyker Heights. Arthur de Gaeta

In Marine Park, the rain sent attendees inside the Carmine Carro Community Center for their ceremony, where neighbors who were present in lower Manhattan on 9/11 spoke of their experiences on the day and afterward.

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Members of the New York City Police Department remembered their experiences at the World Trace Center on 9/11 during a memorial event at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta
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Brooklynites honored the memory of those lost and listened to their neighbors recall their experiences at the World Trade Center on 9/11 at a vigil on the 21st anniversary of the attacks. Photo by Arthur de Gaeta

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